I opted in to Hub Pro and I just had my first edit. Nothing was changed except to remove three of my four amazon capsules and remove links to other websites that I included to provide supporting evidence for my claims. So I'm pretty proud that the editors didn't feel the need to change, or add, even a word. I'm willing to the advice of the experts and let them make any changes that they think will improve my hub. I assume that there is nothing I have to do. Am I right that doing nothing means I accept the changes?
I haven't went to Hub Pro yet. I do not have the courage. Or thick skin.
Loved your comment.
There are several different types of editing, and lately, they have been taking out Amazon capsules and links to get a hub ready to a niche site. This really isn't a full blown HubPro edit. They may do that later when they have the time.
So far, I have been letting them snip my Amazon capsules, because they haven't deleted ones that I think brings me the sales.
It sounds to me more like you've been 'snipped' - which is a different, new feature than Hub Pro. http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/12/14/new … ty-alerts/
Snipping does just what you said it did: snips what is considered to be over-promotional links. It's Okay to add some back in if you think they are important to the article - I added a couple of those 'more info' links back in; along with restoring most of the Amazon capsules that were removed. If they go overboard, it's okay to restore within reason.
However, this snipping will supposedly help with search engines.
Misfit Chick . . . I received an email from HP telling me that 1 or more of my hubs had been "sniped" and moved to niche sites. Now in layman's terms, would YOU break this down for me?
Their email said that although my hubs were "sniped," they would continue to make money and get traffic.
Is this true.
Many thanks and I.O.U. a fresh doughnut.
LoL! Their original post claims that this new 'snipping' feature is/was for hubs that were in danger of becoming 'unfeatured' or were close to being featured.
They snipped two of my hubs, both are Editor's Choice hubs that were NOT in danger of becoming unfeatured - at all. They removed THREE out of four Amazon products from my most profitable hub. Yeah, I replaced a couple of them. However, so far this month - that particular hub is making HALF of what it has been making. It may increase yet I suppose. But, it isn't a very good sign, so far.
I really don't like the seemingly-deceptive way this was presented to us.
Make sure you can find duplicates of the photos you have before the edit because they may lose some of their resolution if you try to restore them from the before/after diff document. You may wish to put them back if the images supplied by HP don't match the content as well as the originals.
I screwed up by not doing that and now I have to remake the craft project and take new photos of the steps because the ones they added do not exactly match the instructions and I couldn't locate the originals.
On thing that did surprise me was the snipping of links to other websites. It used to be encouraged to link to authoritative relevant websites.I tried to do that for every hub. Now links are snipped. It's really hard when the "rules" keep changing.
Be sure to save the source links they snipped because the team is sure to eventually see that Google does not, in fact, punish or dislike links to authoritative sources. It's more professional to properly source your articles and HubPages is likely to learn that looking more professional is a good idea at some point.
I've had a hub "snipped" of the Amazon capsule. They said the product didn't apply to the article, but what they snipped was not the item I originally chose. It seems the Amazon capsules are the first to go. How, then, are we supposed to make money? It seems they do this just before moving the hub to one of the vertical niche sites.
The terms are very strict regarding Amazon capsules. The product has to directly relate to what your hub subject is, and it also depends on how many words your hub is. The word count keeps changing, but check in the Terms of Service.
I have also had hubs snipped and they do take away Amazon hubs. But out of my hubs moved to niche sites, I am making more money on them. I think we have to wait and see.
The hub in question was a review of the Serta 3" Memory Foam Mattress topper. I chose that very product when I inserted the Amazon capsule (and the hub was more than long enough and was moved to a niche site). However, when I looked at what was snipped, the product was a memory foam pillow - not what I'd chosen.
Shhh.....I have gone back to the Niche Sites a time or two and changed a picture or Amazon thing I hated and they never took the hub off the Niche. Why don't you just put the correct Amazon product on that you wanted? Just make sure your word count is OK. The edit mode still works, as long as nobody on the HP side is still working on it.
Hope that helps.
I think you may have to accept the edits, but they don't make it clear about which of the edited links to click on. I think it's the one that says "see live on HP", but im not sure.
"How should I respond to a Hub Pro edit?"
You say, "Thank you, ma'am. May I have another?"
I am happy to have my work professionally edited because I learn a great deal from the changes I see. You don't have to do a thing, just reap the benefits!
If one of your hubs was edited, you will see a green pencil with a red exclamation point next to it by it's title on your account page. If it was moved to a niche site, the green pencil is still there, but the red exclamation mark is gone, and you'll see your hub on the other site.
Also, they email you to tell you it's been edited. So far, I haven't had many changes, they left my wording alone. They seem to be deleting Amazon capsules, unless the hub is about a specific hub you have information about. At least that's how it seems to be working for me.
Thanks Jean Baluka. I think I will save them the trouble and stat removing all amazon capsules leaving only one highly relevant capsule per hub. The email said something about the potential to be moved to a niche site. After I looked at the hub, the red mark disappeared from the green pro symbol, so I guessed there was nothing I had to do on my end.
paradigmsearch: LOL. I think that is the right attitude to take.
How are you? Yes, HP has been tinkering a lot with our hubs to either get them ready for the niche sites, or just to bring them up to what they think is a better standard. I was shocked at the first hub they chose of mine. It does get traffic, but it's not what I think is my best writing.
I guess we stay for the people we like here, and sort of because it's a habit.
You being happy makes me happy. Isn't that what life on this earth all about?
I opted out of Hub Pro after they missed some typos and primarily focused on taking Amazon capsules out of my highest traffic hubs. I liked some original photos they added but the main focus was Amazon capsule deletion. A useless "service."
I opted out of Hub Pro a long time ago - this 'snipping' feature is different and mandatory; although you can change things back just like the rest of their new editing features. However, in this case, you have to completely re-create the deleted capsule that you want restored - instead of being able to just hit 'restore'.
I read somewhere that Amazon capsules are especially being targeted; and that we will 'be lucky' if there are any amazon products left in hubs after they are snipped. I have had them remove every single one - and all of them applied to the article. I'm not one of those people who regularly goes overboard on those types of products. My hubs are long, and three - four most - is what is contained in them. Apparently, Google does not like Amazon. Lucky us.
I thought all of my amazon capsules were relevant. However, the one that was left was the most relevant. I figure HP is the expert at this so I will follow their advice. I guess google wants to show people content, not ads. Makes sense.
Neither Google nor HP should have issues with a few Amazon capsules that apply to content being written - the fact that they are making such a big deal about it IS relevant.
Because if I can't make money off of the Amazon capsules that were providing a nice chunk of income - it would be more beneficial for me to move all of my content into my own blogs so that I CAN make money off of them. This is a headache that I don't want to take on, but I will if I have to. SEO to bring them up into the search engines isn't that hard. And if they do well in Hubpages, they will do just as well in a blog. I know this, I have other blogs that do just fine without HP.
It is true that amazon can bring in way more money than views. However, One click-bait capsule can work as well as 2 or 3 capsules. Once someone gets to amazon, they will see the other offerings. I sometimes see something from my amazon capsule along with sales of related products. I assume that someone got to amazon by clicking on my link and then bought other stuff along with (or sometimes instead of) what I advertised.) Anyway, I'll see what happens.
Yes, they definitely are taking off most of the Amazon capsules. I was gradually taking them off anyway, as the rules keep changing and I never made much money on them. I left one, on a hub about a Tarot card deck, and the Amazon capsule with that deck was the only one still standing.
There aren't word or grammar corrections and I have some pretty long hubs, so that makes me feel good. I am still worried about what category they will put some of my hubs in. Also, I have a lot of "series" hubs, and I hope they keep all the parts together or they won't make sense.
I guess we have to wait and see. Only one of my hubs was moved, and it is getting much less traffic on the niche site, Dengarden, which I think is not a name people will think of when looking for gardening hubs. Best of luck to you.
Best of luck to you, too. I have been wondering about some of the niche site names, too - but I am assuming that HP hired people who know what they are doing.
However, in my experience - the main search word, such as 'garden' should be the first part of the URL; and the phrasing should be complimentary search words (what does 'den' have to do with gardening?), etc. Either things have really changed since my SEO days (which is possible, I don't keep up - too many changes); or they have hired their stoner friends & family who 'went to school' for this doing it, LoL!
Yeah, I am hoping for the first option.
Me too. I guess if someone is googling the subject, as long as our hub is about what they are looking for, the oddball niche name won't matter.
I can see from this thread that "snipping" is the latest tack of HP. Along with niches. I have some excellent hubs that fit a few of the niches, but were not selected so far. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I'm not going to worry about it.
by AnnaMKB6 months ago
First off, my hubs are transferred from Squidoo, and I am aware of various issues there. I'd already checked and edited hubs after the transition, so this is all post transfer.What I don't understand is why some...
by Gemini Fox22 months ago
Had never done a “sales” hub before so decided to try. Have tweaked and tweaked this hub but it still keeps on being not featured due to quality. Getting a little T’d . . ....
by LongTimeMother5 months ago
My most recently snipped hub is about a specific product that is not readily available in stores. It used to have an amazon capsule, but that was deleted courtesy of HubPro a while back. Made no sense to me at the time...
by Mary McShane14 months ago
I just got this email. Is terminating your account normal if you don't have any sales or referrals in 90 days????Hello,Thanks again for joining the Amazon Associates program. We’re reaching out to you...
by Paula Atwell15 months ago
Is there a balance of Amazon products on a page that makes a hub overly promotional? Or is it dependent on the individual hub (over and beyond the 50 words per product)?
by Geekdom8 months ago
I have been thinking of leaving HubPages for a while now because of several reasons. With their latest ebay/amazon update I now have to reformat over 90 hubs (Some had not been published yet and I was waiting for...
Copyright © 2016 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.